The Encounters Club / Photos Maarit Kytöharju, Jaakko Paarvala and Vanessa Riki

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s Encounters Club begins on Friday

The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s popular Encounters Club continues this autumn with new repertoires. The Encounters Club begins on Friday 6 September. The club is an arena for creative ideas and surprising encounters with performances by the orchestra’s musicians and friends. 

The Encounters Club is open to all and free of charge, and it takes place on Fridays around once a month in the main foyer of the Helsinki Music Centre.

The programme begins at 9pm after the evening’s concert, and the café is open until 10:30pm.

Approaching Bach
Friday 6 September, 9pm

The club after the opening concert of the autumn season will delve into the world of the canon. Experience the Finnish premiere of Australian composer Brett Dean’s Approach, which was composed as a prologue to Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6.

Berio, through and through!
Friday 20 September, 9pm 

Just as Berio’s folk songs challenge listeners, so we – four regular folk musicians – wanted to challenge ourselves as musicians and arrangers. How can these songs be reinterpreted in our hands, in our own image, while at the same time gladly respecting the source music that Berio, the master himself, composed? 

In touch with traditions
Friday 4 October, 9pm

The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s French horn section presents German music from the Romantic period and traditional Finnish pieces for the French horn.

Friday 1 November, 9pm

HKO’s concertmaster Jan Söderblom brings the musicians of the Grani Quartet from the Kauniainen Music Festival to the Encounters Club.
Missy Mazzoli (1980-) is one of the most renowned American composers of her generation. The Encounters Club will present her Harp and Altar, which was inspired by the Brooklyn Bridge. 

Umo Helsinki ensemble: Cinema Italiano
Friday 29 November, 9pm

The UMO Helsinki Ensemble headed by trumpetist Tero Saarti takes listeners on an unforgettable imaginary journey to Italy, the land of great emotions and films. The concert includes music composed by Nino Rota for Federico Fellini’s films La Strada, Roma and La dolce vita, as well as music composed by Ennio Morricone for the films Cinema Paradiso, Once Upon a Time in the West and La Califfa.

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